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Last Tuesday, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team defeated Florida State, 93–62. It wasn't just an average everyday victory, however. It was the UConn Huskies' 89th consecutive win. This is the longest win streak ever in college basketball! The previous record was held by the UCLA men's team, which had won 88 straight games from 1971 to 1974. UConn hasn't lost since April 6, 2008.

Their next two games are against Pacific (December 28) and Stanford (December 30)—the team that beat them in 2008!

When UCLA's streak ended on January 19, 1974, with a loss to Notre Dame, their record over the past 89 games was 88–1. What was their winning percentage (wins divided by total games, rounded to the nearest thousandth) for those games?

UCLA's winning percentage was .989. An update on this story: UConn extended the streak to 90 consecutive wins before losing to Stanford on Thursday.

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